No sexuality, no nude photos and no “hottest female athlete” lists. The top four picks in the 2013 WNBA Draft (three of which are pictured above) will make their pro debuts on Memorial Day. Although the WNBA‘s stage is arguably smaller than that of women’s college basketball, all eyes are on these four ladies as they begin the next chapter in their already famous careers.
Baylor‘s Brittney Griner went first overall in the draft to the Phoenix Mercury, a team that went just 7-27 last season. As players like Candace Parker have proved, it just takes on dominant player to turn a team around in the WNBA and that description fits Griner perfectly.
Griner’s Mercury will face off against the Chicago Sky, who drafted Elene Delle Donne out of Deleware with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft. The Sky won 14 games in 2012, but also seek a franchise player around which to build for the future. At 6’5″, Delle Donne provides just that, as well as a way to combat Griner on opening day.
The Tulsa Shock and Washington Mystics also open the season against one another on Monday and this game features the Nos. 3 and 4 overall picks from this year’s draft: Notre Dame‘s Skylar Diggins and Ohio State‘s Tayler Hill. The Sh0ck and Mystics won nine and five games last year, respectively, so all the previous talk about a franchise player applies to these two teams as well.
To say the WNBA doesn’t have an illustrious history would be false — no one has simply paid it any attention, but that will change in 2013 with these four ladies ready to expand the league’s stage very early on.